Son Lux @ The Regent

A crisp night in support of Brighter Wounds

March 12th, 2018
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review

What began as a Los Angeles bedroom project of sorts for Ryan Lott has turned into a fully-formed and smashing trio by 2018, as evidenced by Son Lux’s performance at The Regent in Downtown Thursday night. When Lott announced to the audience before the end of the set how endearing it was to be performing with his best friends, it felt earned, seeing the sometimes breathtaking musicianship they employed, as one solid unit of experimental beats and titillating soundscapes filled the room and the souls of the sold-out crowd.

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LAMB Session: Kitten

New wave revivalist rockers return to LA

March 10th, 2018
Lex Voight

It’s been awhile since I last checked in with LA-formed, Brooklyn-based Kitten. I caught them a couple years back opening up for Courtney Love at the Majestic Ventura Theater and the troupe impressed me with their incredible presence and sultry vibes. In the last few years, the band has turned to a brighter sound and a brighter future–the band’s next full length is imminent and they stopped by the Blog for an acoustic session. Watch below.
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Festival Recap: Air + Style 2018

A spectacular kickoff to music festival season

March 9th, 2018
Lesley Park
Category: Lead Story, Review

Hot off the plane from Pyeongchang, Shaun White definitely can’t be accused of wasting any time post-Olympics. Upon touching down in LA, the three-time Snowboarding Halfpipe gold medalist hit the ground running overseeing preparations for Air + Style which under his tutelage has morphed into a multi-continental music, snowboarding, and skateboarding fest, the latter of which is a new addition to the roster following the IOC’s announcement that skateboarding would be added to the summer Olympics in 2020 (White himself is also avid skateboarder who has competed and medaled in both the Summer and Winter X Games).

Cut Snake’s smooth, tech house grooves and a series of food trucks were the first thing to welcome me to the venue which is divided into a Summer side and a Winter side both having eponymous stages along with corresponding snow and skate parks, respectively. The Australian duo’s languid, summery sounds provided a nice contrast to the ominous storm clouds overhead. Continuing Cut Snake’s theme of seductiveness, Mura Masa‘s sensual alt R&B filled the winter stage as the last rays of sun dipped below the horizon.

LAMB favorite Cut Copy was next up on the summer stage. Although the storm clouds above brought down a freak torrent of rain during their set, the crowd didn’t seem to notice or care as they were seemingly too busy shouting “With hearts on fire I reach out to you tonight!” You can lump me in with them.

After sampling little bits of Cashmere Cat, I decided to forgo the second half of the set to catch the Snow Finals which featured surprise appearances from decorated Olympians Chloe Kim, Red Gerard, and Kyle Mack, the latter of whom was competing.

Day 1 concluded with a literal bang from big room house maestro Zedd who brought all the big guns from a production standpoint. Fog machines, flamethrowers, and fireworks battered the senses in every direction which made for an enjoyable, albeit musically predictable, experience.

With the storm clouds passed us, Day 2 began on a more temperate note. Rising R&B star Tinashe took to the stage and mesmerized with her bangin’ dance moves and sultry vocals. Although the comparisons to Aaliyah are not entirely without merit, Tinashe is very much a force of her own and one to be reckoned with.

Continuing the theme of girl power (it was just International Women’s Day, after all), Sarah Barthel cast her own captivating spell on the winter stage along with Phantogram co-pilot Josh Carter. In between the breathy vocals of “Mouthful of Diamonds” and the grinding blare of “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” Barthel opened up to the audience about her sister’s suicide two years ago, “It’s okay to not feel okay,” she concluded before dedicating “When I’m Small” to her sister’s memory.

The breezy sounds of Washed Out paired perfectly with the skateboarders  practicing jaw-dropping stunts for the Skate Finals event. Future funk maestro GRiZ is no stranger to LAMB love, but his Air + Style set was on another level. In advance of his full live band show, the saxophone-touting producer added a guitarist to the mix which, paired with even grander visuals, made for a more complete concert experience.

The festival concluded with a standout performance from Phoenix, currently touring their sixth and latest album, Ti Amo, which was released last June. Barreling through crowd favorites “Lisztomania” and “1901,” Phoenix’s infectious good vibes was the perfect closer to an overall solid weekend of music. As is customary, frontman Thomas Mars surfed into the crowd for the finale, an encore performance of Ti Amo’s eponymous lead single.


 

Although we’re just a couple weeks short of spring and the slew of music festivals that seem to tumble out one after another as the months get warmer in LA (she said as the northeast gets pummeled by a freak snowstorm), Air + Style’s fusion of music and snow/skate athleticism—particularly so soon after a solid American showing in Pyeongchang 2018—make for a unique experience that can’t easily be found elsewhere. The comparatively small lineup and layout of the festival make it easy to avoid too many conflicts which is a huge plus, though I imagine that may change as the festival continues to grow. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out this very worthwhile addition to the LA festival circuit, I recommend rectifying that the next chance you get.

 

 

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LAMB Session: Cub Sport

Poised to hit the US for a national tour!

Lex Voight

Cub Sport have quite the story to draw inspiration from. The Australian pop band has just released their second album, detailing their slow fall into love and eventual marriage. The songs span 8 years of growing feelings, courtship, anxiety, elation, reciprocation, and love. They are due to embark on a US tour in a month, so keep an eye out for them in the LA area!

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Russell Elliot releases “I’ll Be Damned” Video

An emotionally charged single from Brooklyn singer

March 5th, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, News

“I’ll be Damned” is an exercise in tension. The Brooklyn-based r & b up and comer Russell Elliot weaves a self portrait of a man devastated and confused–and how often those feelings can commingle and morph into a seething, indignant anger. But more often than not, that anger is internalized–used as a means to guilt ourselves that spins us further into our heads. “I’ll be Damned” is an exorcism of these feelings, an airing-out if these grievances, both against self and a former lover but in such heartbreakingly specific ways.
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Belle Game live at Bardot

School Night gets set ablaze by “crush-pop” band

February 19th, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, Video

I had the luck to catch Belle Game the other week at School Night/Bardot amid a crazy couple weeks of work. The band specializes in a lush, sultry sound that reminds me of a little-known Boston band back in the day that I loved named Baby Boy H, where soundscapes and textures are mixed with darkly soaring vocals, cut with a definite edge by some excellent drumming and guitar work. They are going to for sure be a band to watch.
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Interview & Show Preview: Alex Cameron

Headlining two shows at Lodge Room on 2/22, 2/23

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

An Australian rocker with a flair for subversive lyrics, Alex Cameron understands the perils of telling stories from the perspective of dubious and at times reprehensible characters. As the title of his album Forced Witness suggests, Cameron feels that he can no longer be a reticent spectator to the defects of our modern world. And while that may sound bleak, he believes he has an obligation to tell the truth, to explore the unglamorous nature of the everyman, without defending their actions or majestically redeeming them at the end of a song.

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LAMB Session: Michael Blume

Self care, self love, and self confidence

February 17th, 2018
Lex Voight
Category: Lead Story, Video

Michael Blume is looking to inspire. That much is clear from his gospel-infused pop sound, but his lyrical content and his statement of purpose make it clear that Michael Blume intends to make every last one of his listeners love themselves, so help him higher power. Having been featured in Time Magazine, Huffington post, Billboard, and numerous other publications, Blume and his band stopped by LAMB for a quick acoustic session, interview, and to lift some spirits. Check it out below.
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Night Lights @ The Regent

Indie pop rockers get crowd dancing

February 16th, 2018
Mary Bonney
Category: Lead Story, Review

After interviewing Night Lights at their Eat See Hear performance, I’ve been hooked on the LA-based internationally-bred indie pop band. Since that fateful summer day, these rockers recorded their latest EP Childish, released an energetic music video and kicked off a national tour with Mako and Caroline Pennell. Last Saturday, the band performed at downtown’s The Regent and got audiences dancing along to their infectious tunes.

All photos by Nathan Tecson

It was a hometown heroes welcome for these former Bostonians as they were met by enthusiastic cheers from fans and friends alike. Night Lights wonderfully balances their emotional lyrics with upbeat energy, as demonstrated by their video for the danceable earworm “Things That We Used To Know”.

Their hypnotic melodies intertwined with lush, swirling instrumentation. When the band swelled with energy, lead vocalist Mauricio Jimenez matched the crescendoes, going from belting on the floor to performing backflips.

This local group is quickly gaining momentum as their live performances match the energy captured on their recorded tracks. As they continue on their national tour, Night Lights are sure to hook audiences with their infectious pop bites and dreamy beats and ensuring 2018 will be their biggest year yet.

Check out the music video to “Childish” below.

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